Texas high school students build a real airplane | Aeros tests a new kind of aircraft | Love of aviation shows in artist's brush
January 21, 2013
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Texas high school students build a real airplane
Students in the aerospace engineering program at Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas, are building a light sport airplane. Retired pilots have been recruited as volunteers to help the students, many of whom plan to go onto careers as engineers or pilots themselves. KTRK-TV (Houston) (1/21)
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Aeros tests a new kind of aircraft
Aeros has completed tests of a new type of aircraft that will be able to take off and land vertically and will not require either a ground crew or a runway. CEO Igor Pasternak says that the company does not plan to sell the aircraft, but instead will lease them out, complete with crew and maintenance. AVweb (1/15)
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Love of aviation shows in artist's brush
Russell Smith is not a pilot, but he has been interested in aviation since childhood. He is now an artist who specializes in aviation art, especially aircraft from the World War I era. He is known for his realistic style of painting, drawing his viewer in to the scene. "I don't just need to make it historically accurate. I have to make it evocative and draw the viewer in so they are interested," he said. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (1/21)
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New GA airport is set to open in Ark.
A new general aviation airport is set to open in Conway, Ark. Three members of the advisory committee gathered last week to discuss the airport's progress. Log Cabin Democrat (Conway, Ark.) (1/19)
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New helicopter service is taking off in China
Beijing Capital Helicopter Co. will begin offering service from Beijing to Shanxi province in time for the Lunar New Year in the spring. The journey will not be cheap though, starting at 40,000 yuan ($6,400) per hour per person. China Daily (Beijing) (1/19)
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Swiss company is set to release new industrial UAV
The Swiss company senseFly is set to release a new unmanned aerial vehicle it calls the eBee, aimed for industrial uses such as mining and surveying. The eBee can be launched by hand and follow a previously mapped out flight path. It can create 3D maps, has a range of 1.9 miles and a maximum speed of 35 mph. Gizmag (1/17)
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Chinese pilot organizes flying trips in the U.S.
Oliver Qi Chunhui co-founded Fly With Me, a company that organizes trips in the U.S. for Chinese aviation enthusiasts and their families. Packages include flying experiences, parachuting and sightseeing. South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (free registration) (1/20)
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Ruhmer wins hang gliding world championships for fourth time
Manfred Ruhmer of Austria has won his fourth hang gliding world championship title in Forbes, Australia. He beat 2011 champion Alex Ploner of Italy for the win. Cross Country magazine online (1/18)
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Schuster, LoBiondo to chair committees responsible for aviation
Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., was confirmed as chair of House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., will chair the Aviation Subcommittee. "My focus," LoBiondo said, "will be to increase the effectiveness of our aviation network, with a keen focus on improving the safety and security of all users." General Aviation News (1/16)
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